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The summer game makes a return to Featherston Annelise Schroeder

After a break of more than 20 years, cricket is back! Earlier this year, Roshan Sugathan noticed the cricket nets, pitch and field on Underhill Road but no cricket being played, and he asked why the facilities weren’t being used. This discussion quickly progressed and, before long, an enthusiastic group of locals came together to officially re-establish the Featherston Cricket Club. The nets and wicket have been cleared up and regular Sunday morning practice sessions are being held either outdoors or, if the weather is inclement, inside the stadium. There are a number of sporting activities already available in Featherston but many of these are based around the winter codes. The intention is to provide locals with a summer sport that they can participate in at all levels. Young people who wish to play cricket currently have to travel to either Martinborough or Greytown for both practice and games, and adult players gravitate to Greytown. The hope is that the club will have Roshan Sugathan at least one adult team available for the start of the 2020-21 season and to grow to provide for all grades and genders thereafter. Experience isn’t necessary. Ant North had never played cricket before. “I was with my two kids walking down the street and Bhairav Patel said to me, ‘Ant, do you want to come and play cricket?’ I said, ‘Sure. I’ve never played before. I’ll be there in about 10 minutes.’ So I rocked up and went and played with the guys. I’d never played cricket in my life and now, after six weeks, yeah, it’s really good fun.” Ant sees the formation of the club as a real opportunity. “I’ve got two daughters in the community and, yeah, it’d be lovely to see them get into cricket. I’d really like to help ambassador that. It doesn’t matter what sex they are. It’s fantastic. Again, it gives kids more opportunities after school to play, to practice, to join a club, and to experience that team camaraderie.” All matches will be played with specially designed Nivia cricket tennis balls

This is a community venture for all ages. David Coates is in his mid-50s and in the twilight of his career. “I have had many years of enjoyment from the game and have made some lifelong friends. This new club is great for the community and develops a solidarity and team spirit that enhances relationships within the wider community.” William Sargent is 18 and said he would encourage all young people to come and have a go. “I think it’d be good to see people out on the field every Saturday, enjoying cricket in the sun.” If you wish to find out more about the Featherston Cricket Club or would like to become involved, please email, search for the club on Facebook, or call Roshan on 020 450 2000.

The inaugural 2019 Mr Sold Featherston Cup cricket competition will take place on 28 and 29 September with the finals on 6 October. There will be three T-15 matches per day from 9am to 5pm. Come down to the cricket ground on Underhill Road to catch the action! There will also be spot prizes, a sausage sizzle, fun games for kids, and the oppor tunity to sign up for summer cricket. The competition is kindly sponsored by Mr Sold (Steve Chapman), Ant Nor th Catering and the Kia Ora Dairy.


South Wairarapa District Council update Amy Wharram

Get ready to vote! As well as the Meet the Candidates event that happened in September in Featherston, a full list of the candidates running for South Wairarapa mayor, councillor and community board positions can be found at www.swdc., along with contact details and profiles. This is also where you’ll find our PreElection Report, which includes the key issues facing the Council. The voting period runs until midday on 12 October. Due to there not being enough candidates to make up full community boards in Featherston and Greytown, there will be by-elections held for each town later this year. The Council has released a project overview and update on the Featherston Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrade proposal, available at The resource includes the project’s objectives, and information about the resource consent process, as well as the technical assessment work being completed before the hearings process. This work, which focuses on pathogens and groundwater effects, will enable SWDC to provide a more refined assessment of the extent of the potential effects, and what measures may be required to mitigate these. SWDC continues to work collaboratively with Greater Wellington Regional Council to determine when a hearing date may be set. Our historic Anzac Hall is getting some TLC. A complete upgrade of the electrics in the building has been completed. In the Kiwi Hall, the men’s and women’s bathrooms have been upgraded. Users of the hall will also be happy to learn that two heat pumps have been installed in the supper room, which has never had any heating in the past. The children’s playground on Birdwood Street is now safer with the addition of a new fence. A new drinking fountain has been installed at the request of the Featherston Community Board and a group of passionate Featherston children. Kids from the Ka-Pai Kids Club sent illustrated messages to the Mayor expressing their desire for a water fountain at the park. We were delighted to oblige and are

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sure the fountain will be well used by the community. Also, the Featherston town clock should be in working order as soon as the part needed for fixing has been ordered from overseas. Thank you to those who provided feedback on the Discussion Document. Feedback on phase one of the project is now closed, but there is an opportunity to input during phase two consultation later this year, when the Draft Spatial Plan is released. Start thinking about how you would like South Wairarapa to look in future. We are now a couple of weeks into the new kerbside recycling service, and we hope you’re all getting the hang of it! Thank you to everyone for your patience as the Council works through some teething issues, which are inevitable when rolling out a programme of this size. Remember that plastics numbered 3 to 7 can’t be recycled in New Zealand, so we encourage plastics 1 and 2 only in your wheelie bins, along with tins, cans, paper and cardboard. Glass goes into your old crates. Crates and wheelie bins are emptied on alternative weeks. Check the calendar in your booklet or visit to see when to put out your wheelie bin and when to put out your crates. Combating the effects of climate change and meeting the wellbeing needs of Wairarapa’s older population have taken a front seat with the appointment of two new staff. Emily Clark has been appointed to the role of Positive Ageing Strategy Coordinator. Emily will be working on behalf of all three Wairarapa councils to achieve the region-wide objective of meeting the wellbeing needs of the Wairarapa’s ageing community. Melanie Barthe has been appointed Climate Change Adviser for the South Wairarapa District and Carterton District councils. The position was created after submissions were received during the annual plan consultation requesting the councils take meaningful actions addressing climate change. Melanie’s new role will have her advising the two councils on steps they can implement to mitigate the effects of climate change, provide input into council operations and educate the public about actions they can take.

Final candidate nominations Mayor (one vacancy) Alex Beijen Graeme Farr Dayle Harwood Viv Napier Featherston Ward (three vacancies) Garrick Emms Colin Olds Ross Vickery Brenda West Claire Bleakley, Indigo Freya and Mark Shepherd have been elected unopposed to the Featherston Community Board.

Voting closes at 12 noon on 12 October 2019.

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Local candidate profiles Alex Beijen for Mayor

Viv Napier for Mayor

We can do better. I am standing for Mayor of South Wairarapa to bring back common sense and transparency to our fantastic community. I’ve lived in the Wairarapa for 20 years, with my wife of 26 years and three children. My relevant work experience includes engineering general manager for the past five years and two years as a senior advisor to the Wellington City Council. Waste water, drinking water and waste recycling are the main areas of concern, but the Council needs to be proactive on areas that increase GDP, efficiency of the Council, and allow for more profitability that will limit rates inflation.

During my time as Mayor, I’m proud that South Wairarapa has continued to grow, our wonderful towns and rural areas are thriving and new business start-ups, exciting new tourism projects and community events are all underway. We are attracting new families and creative entrepreneurs; with exciting new ventures emerging. My next term as Mayor will be all about working hard to set-up our District’s ongoing growth and sustainable development, my focus is through our Spatial Plan, which is the vital element in making all this happen. Future engagement and suggestions on the plan will allow Featherston to set a future development pathway. The job of Mayor is working for the district as a whole and representing and advocating for all towns and communities. I will always support any initiatives from any groups or events if invited. I am passionate about South Wairarapa and want it to continue to thrive.

Garrick Emms for Council My principal place of residence is in the Featherston Ward. My background is in tertiary education, international tourism, marketing and publishing. My past community involvement includes the Featherston Community Board, Chair of Tourism Wairarapa, Pirinoa and St Teresa’s School BOT and President SW Rotary. I’m currently a member of Water Race Users Group, Heritage NZ, Rotary and the Featherston Gentleman Singers. Also President of the Wairarapa Racing Club and joint convener of SW Wastewater Action Team (SWWAT). My motivation to stand for council is driven by my concern for the environment, particularly the state of our waterways, and our drinking, storm and wastewater. The SWDC wants to discharge contaminants to land, water and air in South Featherston. We all agree nobody wants the continued pollution of Lake Wairarapa, but contaminating ground water and potentially destroying domestic bores is not the solution. There are better, environmentally acceptable solutions. We need leadership, vision, consultation and open government to achieve them. Graeme Farr for Mayor How come no tunnel? I am standing for Mayor for all three Wairarapa councils to get proper investigation of a Remutaka road tunnel. The tunnel was seriously proposed in 1963 but until 1977 the railways had a monopoly of freight beyond a 40-mile limit - so trucks could not have used it. Now the Regional Council/Government are proposing to spend over $500 million on Wairarapa/ Manawatu trains and once that money is invested, they will not want a road tunnel undermining the patronage. So once again the railways will stop the tunnel. Now is the perfect time to get a proper cost/benefit study of the tunnel options – remember the 1963 tunnel is only 2km long – the same as Lyttelton tunnel ($90 million in today’s money). A tunnel saves 5km, 10-15 mins driving, 40,000km and 15 tonnes CO2 each day – and unlike the trains, requires no ratepayers money. Vote for the tunnel!


Colin Olds for Council I have proudly served SWDC on various committees including Ruamāhanga Whaitua, Road Safety Council, Wairarapa Trails Advisory Group, and Planning and Regulatory Committee. I don’t shy away from the tough decisions. Over the last 36 months we’ve had to deal with difficult decisions for our community like the discharge of wastewater to land. The environment needs to be front and centre of our focus. I am a safe pair of hands and committed to our community’s prosperity. Featherston is at a time of growth but the growth must be environmentally sustainable. My background in small business and extensive community involvement (including ANZAC Club, Lions Club and The Menz Shed) means I am perfectly placed to continue to serve Featherston for another term. Ross Vickery for Mayor South Wairarapa is at a turning point. Our council needs elected members with a balanced, strategic, problem-solving, people-focused outlook. Our resources are limited and our future needs are pressing. I am running to bring achievable solutions to the table and work to enhance our region’s development sustainably and within achievable budgets. I have advocated as a councillor for a fresh look at the Featherston wastewater proposal. I am pleased to see that this has been taken on board and higher-rate treatment to an appropriate receiving environment is being consulted publicly. My other main concern is our stormwater infrastructure and maintenance. I do not believe it is fit for purpose and am working with other councillors and officers to establish proactive and effective long-term solutions. There is a lot to do and I am standing as a local resident and business owner with his feet on the ground.

Please note: profiles were not received from mayoral candidate Dayle Harwood or council candidate Brenda West.


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Let’s keep the momentum going… Featherston is changing and growing, South Wairarapa is at a turning point. Our Council needs elected members with a balanced, strategic, problemsolving, people-focussed outlook. I want to see positive change continue…. Authorised by Ross Vickery, 103 Fitzherbert St, Featherston

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During my time as Mayor I will be working with all of South Wairarapa on what I have termed the 4 x S’s, they are sustainable spending and solutions not sorry’s. Sustainable spending: There is much talk about climate change and the effects, change is apparent, the level of change is still subjective. Another challenge is the level of spending within Local Government, for South Wairarapa this is for wastewater schemes, replacement programs for underground infrastructure and the potential for spending due to climate change. With a new CEO, a new team of Councillors and a spatial plan being consulted on, a review of the financial strategy along with public consultation is needed around the levels of capital expenditure. Work could be accelerated and maximise the advantages of historically low costs of borrowing, the increase in borrowing to be offset by reducing contributions to depreciation reserves to minimise Rating changes. Separately to the financial strategy and equally as important is a substantial amount of work on the drinking water, waste water and storm waters (3 Waters) strategies and policies, that has been escalated by Council becoming a shareholder in Wellington Water, rationalisation of strategies to better reflect expectation of monitoring and reporting, ownership and continuing investigation into new technologies and methodologies to ensure the success of the new partnership. Solutions not sorry’s: It was refreshing to see Council acknowledging the shortcomings that they faced in recent times, specifically the insufficient consultation of the Featherston wastewater to land scheme as well as the Martinborough water supply, both had been highlighted and should have been acted upon earlier. As Mayor I will be encouraging Councillors to question and ensure they are satisfied with advice and recommendations given, additionally it is imperative all Councillors and Community Board members receive extensive training at the beginning of the new triennium. Just as important, more accessibility to Council is needed, my commitment to this will be achieved by: •

Continuation of rotation of Council meetings between all 3 towns.

Trial of early evening Council meetings and Podcasts.

I will be present in all towns and rural areas on a monthly basis which will be additional to usual commitments in these areas.

My vision is to continue the good work that has been achieved by the previous Councils, it is time for new leadership and to build on their efforts. Authorised by Dayle Harwood 25 Victoria Street, CARTERTON.



Kia ora tatou from Fab Feathy! Jack Sheppard

Mahuru is the fourth lunar month of the Māori lunar calendar (maramataka), known as September. Lots of good, solid community work has been going on the past month as we prepare for the kōanga (spring) and raumati (summer) seasons. Fab Feathy will be hosting an end-of-winter hui from 2pm to 4pm on Sunday 20 Whiringa-ā-nuku (October) at the Anzac Hall. This is a great opportunity to share with you what has happened in the past year, as well as look at where we’re going. We also want YOUR feedback and participation to help shape, guide and prioritise what happens in and around the Featherston community over the next six months. We can’t wait to see you there! As well as catching up and communicating together as a community, we will provide free kai (food), inu (drink), waiata (singing), and a paraihe (spot prize). Nau mai haere mai – welcome! On 30-31 August, Jack and Sophronia attended an annual community-led development (CLD) training hui, joining representatives from all over New Zealand in Wellington to share knowledge about how CLD is working in their hāpori (community). Local Featherston community kaitiaki (volunteers) Indigo Freya and Silvia Mendoza also attended the workshop, actively sharing experiences and skills gained from their many community groups. Many lessons were learned, and we hope to put these lessons into practice here in Featherston as we work together on building up our strong and capable community.


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What an amazing effort everyone put into “Paint the Town Yellow” for the Cancer Society. Thank you to the businessowners for your efforts and for having collection boxes in your shops. I did appreciate your time and I’m sure the public did too. We raised $1,337 collected on the day and in collection boxes and $1,665 from the sale of daffodils in SuperValue and Loco, for a grand total of $3,002. Many thanks for your generosity. It is much appreciated. A big thank you to my helpers sitting at SuperValue and at Lang’s Pharmacy, a job very well done. I have an amazing group of people who help me pick the daffodils to sell. Thank you to Glynis and Owen, Gaye, Bodle and Jan. They are always willing to do their bit. Thank you to the owners of the gardens who allow us to pick these beautiful flowers: Owen and Glynis Rippey from Fernside, Fraser and Margaret Donald from Whenuaroa, Paula Gillett from Tairoa, and my own. Thank you, everyone, for your great effort.

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Cake, jellybeans and fairy bread marked the launch, hosted by Featherston Booktown and Gecko Press, of Joy Cowley’s most recent book on Saturday 14 September at the Anzac Hall before an audience of over 200, comprising her most enthusiastic local readers and their significantly older ‘plus ones’. The Gobbledegook Book, illustrated by Giselle Clarkson and published by Wellington-based Gecko Press, is a collection of Joy’s poems and stories, including the much-loved classics “Greedy Cat” and “Nicketty-Nacketty, Noo-Noo-Noo”. The internationally acclaimed author, Featherston resident and patron of Featherston Booktown has published more than 1,000 books loved by children and adults alike around the world. Joy received the Order of New Zealand last year, joining a group of only 20 living New Zealanders to hold the Order. However, Joy views her most important role as being the “nation’s grandmother”. She says, “In all the stories I wrote the child is the hero, and if the story is not about children it is still Small who is the winner. Small is powerful. Big is not allowed to solve problems for Small, but Small may solve problems for Big. Small always wins. The story loves Small.” A special highlight of the afternoon was the reading out of the congratulatory letters written to Joy by the year seven and eight children from St Teresa’s School. They had great fun making up words and sounds for Joy: Dear Joy Cowley Congratulations on the launch of The Gobbledegook Book. The itty bittly tispy tospy zowzy is amazing but please don’t let out the scuttlebutt doohickey thing! From Logan Gawler

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Each month Neighbourhood Support New Zealand launches a national campaign where we focus on a theme or topic relevant to the time of year or which ties in with another extensive campaign in the community. By having one common mission, our members and supporters can come together at a national-level and focus on a single cause, allowing us to maximise our impact. How members and supporters take part is completely up to the individual or group! You may want to simply share our posts on Facebook or organise an event/project that ties in with the theme. These campaigns are not meant to replace the work our organisations already perform, but rather to provide another opportunity to raise awareness for important issues and show others what Neighbourhood Support is all about. October’s campaign is Prepared for Anything. Here at Neighbourhood Support we know first hand that communities that stay connected and prepared fare better in emergencies than those without a plan. For the month of October, we want to see how you tackle emergency preparedness. From getting first aid training to putting together a grab’n’go bag with survival essentials, a little bit of planning goes a long way to make sure you can get through any situation. This month also coincides with the International Day of Disaster Reduction on 13 October and New Zealand’s national earthquake drill and tsunami hīkoi, ShakeOut, on 17 October at 1.30pm. Let us know how you’re preparing for anything in your home, at work or in your community by tagging us in your posts and using the hashtag #NSNZprepared so we can see what you get up to. Neighbourhood Support’s purpose is to create safe and caring neighbourhoods and communities, reducing the incidences and effects of criminal offending, building community resilience and strengthening community networks to improve the quality of life and enhance wellbeing. If you are interested in learning more about Neighbourhood Support, please get in touch! Email jen@ or find South Wairarapa Neighbourhood Support on Facebook. Take care and get ready to ShakeOut on 17 October!

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Explore hatha yoga with Nicki Featherston Community Centre’s manager, Siv Fjaerstad, recently interviewed hatha yoga teacher Nicki Stewart at the Centre. Nicki manages and runs the hatha yoga classes every Wednesday at the Community Centre. Siv: I know you teach a wide range of yoga techniques, Nicki, but do you have a favourite yoga position that you’re enjoying right now? Nicki: Right now, my favourite yoga poses are the variations of ‘Warrior 2’ (Virabhadrasana). Since breaking my arm 10 weeks ago and being out of action for so long I’m now finding it the perfect pose for rehabilitation and groundedness as I regain strength. It is a full body pose that essentially works every muscle, developing strength, improving balance, focus and concentration and energizes the entire body. Siv: Can you distil for us just what hatha yoga focuses on? Nicki: Hatha yoga focuses on balancing the body, mind and spirit. Through breath awareness and the practice of yoga postures (asanas), Hatha Yoga imparts balance, reduces stress, energises the whole person and creates strength and flexibility in the body and mind. Classes are a combination of standing poses, seated poses, backbends and twists and are aimed at everyone. All classes finish with a guided relaxation leaving you feeling rejuvenated, relaxed and refreshed. Siv: What else you are doing in your life or working on right now? Nicki: I am intensely passionate about both ceramics and yin yoga. Since my exhibition “Take Heart” at the Miracle Room in Featherston in July, where I showcased some of my recent work in ceramics, I’ve been regularly heading to King Street Artworks in Masterton and immersing myself in the therapeutic nature of clay. The last few months have seen me focusing on a more yin-based yoga practice. It is a slower-paced, passive, more meditative and internal practice involving variations of seated and supine poses typically held for three to five minutes and accessing deeper layers of fascia (connective tissue). It’s a very healing practice. November will see me heading to Wellington again for a week-long immersion in yin yoga (level 2 teacher training). Siv: Thanks, Nicki. We’ll keep an eye out for upcoming yin yoga classes in Featherston!



Parkinson’s Awareness Week coming up Roslyn Lafrentz

Statistics say that approximately 1 in 500 people have Parkinson’s in some form. It is a degenerative disease with no cure at present, although research is moving in leaps and bounds. In Wairarapa we have very good support systems for both those with Parkinson’s and their carers. Jane Flowerday is our part-time registered nurse and community educator. Jane is always ready to visit those in need to give support and guidance in all aspects of Parkinson’s. She can be seen zooming all around the Wairarapa valley. Parkinson’s NZ Wairarapa has established a variety of activities (weekly and monthly) to help its clients. These range from exercise classes, a singing group, a walking group, Danzability classes and hydrotherapy sessions. In fact there is hardly a weekday that doesn’t have an activity. All of these are well attended and provide many benefits as well as the social aspect. There is also a bimonthly meeting for carers to give them ongoing support. For the younger newly diagnosed people, the Upbeat programme has been recently established. Parkinson’s Awareness Week at the beginning of November is our opportunity to raise funds to support the 100-plus Wairarapa people living with Parkinson’s. Parkinson’s NZ Wairarapa does not get government support, so we rely on the generosity of our communities, with all funds raised staying in Wairarapa. On Friday 1 November volunteers will be outside Featherston SuperValue selling raffles and collecting donations. There will also be a stand at the Wairarapa A&P Show at Clareville on 2 and 3 November. Please stop and say hello to these volunteers who have given their time for a great cause. And if you are able to help us with our fundraising – thank you very much!

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What’s coming up at Featherston Booktown Mary Biggs

On Friday 1 November, from 7pm to 8pm in the Function Room at the Royal Hotel, hear UK author Sarah Moss in conversation with publisher and South Wairarapa resident Mary McCallum about her latest book Ghost Wall. Sarah writes hard-to-put-down fiction for young adults and adults alike and is the author of Cold Earth, Night Waking, Bodies of Light, Signs for Lost Children and The Tidal Zone. She has been shortlisted for The Wellcome Book Prize three times, as well as for the RSL Ondaatje Prize for her nonfiction account of living in Iceland. Three of her books have been Mumsnet Book club choices. She is a professor of Creative Writing at Warwick University.


Community Group Updates Rotary Club of South Wairarapa Tamara Allerhand

Inner Wheel Club of South Wairarapa Anne Hayden

A highlight of August for the Rotary Club of South Wairarapa is picking daffodils to be sold on Daffodil Day. Alastair and Jacqui Sutherland of Whangaimoana have a large field of daffodils that they donate to this worthy cause. Rotarians, friends and family all join in to pick the flowers, and this year we had a gloriously fine day and picked them in record time. Afterwards we had the opportunity to chat over morning tea. Earlier in the month we had a combined meeting with the Lions Club of Martinborough to hear from Harry Wilson, the new CEO of South Wairarapa District Council. We had a good attendance as people were very interested to meet him and hear what he had to say. Harry started by saying that councils are about people and need to be part of the community. He acknowledged that there is a lot of work to do in this area. He then spoke about his varied career, starting with obtaining a certificate in shearing and becoming a shearer and shepherd. He became a recreation officer at the IHC and focused on putting disabled people in touch with the people who ran the activities they were interested in. After that he worked in managerial positions in central and local government, most recently with the Land Transport Authority. Harry said the biggest challenge in the Wairarapa was balancing development, protecting the environment, retaining local character and avoiding developer-led growth, which has occurred in other places with disastrous results. A large part of council work is managing assets and it is necessary to manage resources really well and to engage the community. When asked how he felt about growth showing signs of outstripping the capacity of our infrastructure, Harry said that this is what the spatial plan is for: to balance public and private interests, including heritage, amenities and infrastructure.

It is hard to believe we are into October already. Before we know it we will be frantically shopping for Christmas and into “only ... more sleeps to go” territory. Our speaker in August was Rebecca Fox, who spoke to us about her work as an environmental health officer in the Manawatu, Hawkes Bay, and Wairarapa. Armed with a Lincoln University degree and a diploma in environmental health science, in her first week on the job in the mid 1990s Rebecca found herself supervising the disinterment of a person who had been buried for 50 years. The family wanted their loved one moved to another district. Her description of this was like you see in the movies - a ghostly scene with rays of moonlight beaming through the trees and fog onto the burial site and the sounds of digging. No one had told her this was going to be part of her job description! Rebecca also went shell-fishing, donning togs and a wetsuit to do a little dance in the sea to find tuatua buried in the sand. These were dug up for testing for disease as part of the national marine biotoxin programme to make sure that people eating them would not become sick. Another time, she did a low-level helicopter survey from the Porangahau coast to Cape Palliser, an event she regarded as a real privilege. Part of the role of a health protection officer is to follow up cases of meningococcal disease, involving contact tracing to find out who has been in contact with the sick person and ensuring they are given medication to prevent potential illness and manage the spread. The Government has rolled out a massive national vaccination campaign over the last decade, which has seen a big change in notification rates for the disease. What a terrific and exciting (in many senses of the word) occupation for Rebecca. You may remember that Inner Wheel’s Psychosocial Group set up Red Cross civil defence training to help communities to deal with a disaster liked flood, earthquake, fire, etc, within the last couple of years. S’nita Ahir-Knight and Anne Hayden are setting up another course to be held in the side room in the Greytown Town Hall on Sunday 17 November. We provide morning tea and biscuits, and you bring your own lunch. There should be no cost if our funding application is successful. If you are interested in attending, please contact S’nita Ahir-Knight on 022 046 2095 or email New members are welcome to Inner Wheel. Please contact President Ali Rankin on 06 379 6723 or email ar.tuppence@

Picking daffodils at Whangaimoana

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Featherston Red Cross Barbara Love

Featherston Lioness Club Sandra Walters

Our Wairarapa Branch attended the Age Concern Expo in Carterton and the Featherston Expo at the Anzac Hall. Interest was shown and what an interesting day with so many helpful clubs and organisations all offering advice. Would you like something more challenging and exciting? Red Cross is currently expanding its disaster response team in Wairarapa. If you are fit, enjoy working in a team and interacting with the public, we would welcome you. The Red Cross may be called on to assist as a support agency in a civil defence event. We train fortnightly and our training includes first aid, ground-based rescue, running a welfare centre (emergency assistance centre) and outreach tasks such as going door to door after an emergency to check on householders. If you could be available for up to five days should there be a need to deploy a team either locally or nationally, then contact us and come to a training evening. You will gain confidence and new skills while playing an important part in ensuring that our communities can cope when disaster strikes. Trainings take place at the Masterton service centre every other Wednesday in the evenings. If you would like to learn more please contact Jo on 06 377 3586. For equipment hire short term, telephone Brian on 308 9330. He may be able to help with crutches, walkers, wheelchairs, etc. Should you require a first aid course or revalidation, contact our office on 06 377 3586. Should you require a lift for a medical appointment, do give Alison a ring on 0800 924 287. Our sincere thanks to John Needham, who has been a transport driver for Red Cross for many years and has now decided to have a rest. A big thank you. The Red Cross “Be Good and Ready” campaign runs from 14 to 20 October. The purpose of the campaign is to ensure that people are connected with their communities and ready for disasters. Check out or telephone Jo on 06 377 3586 for more information.

The Featherston Lionesses have been busy providing refreshments for a number of local events, including a children’s afternoon tea at the launch of Joy Cowley’s new The Gobbledegook Book on 14 September. Instead of our usual dinner meeting in September, we met at Lioness Zelda’s home for a delicious South African themed lunch and a tour of her art studio. At the Featherston Expo on 29 September, along with about 100 other local businesses and community groups, we had a display to promote who we are and what we do.

Featherston Dog Park Group Ruth Burgess We have been jumping through hoops! Agility equipment for the dog park is being made by senior technical students at Kuranui College. Improvements are continually being made. The first shelter is now in place, and the new trees and shrubs are mostly thriving. On the planning board are confined areas at each entrance to the park to shelter more timid dogs (and owners) from the welcome “dog rush” with each new arrival.

Featherston Memorial RSA Peter Jackson Kia ora koutou. We hope this latest RSA situation report finds you all fit and well, and that you survived the high winds last month without any ill effects. Hopefully October will be more settled! We’ve had a number of people join the RSA over the past month, which is great to see. If you know of anyone of good character who might like to join the RSA, please encourage them to do so. Membership applications are available at the club, on our Facebook page, or by emailing fstnrsa@gmail. com. The RSA presently leases its premises to a commercial hospitality provider, while at the same time retaining the right to use the clubrooms for RSA functions by mutual agreement. The current lease ends in April 2020, and so we will shortly be seeking registrations of interest from any commercial hospitality providers who may wish to lease and operate from our premises from 20 April 2020. Watch this space for more information. We need you! There is a perception that the committee alone is responsible for managing, administering, maintaining and entertaining the club. While this is largely true, we still need your help from time to time. There are skillsets among our members that would greatly benefit our club if they were able to be utilised. We are committed to improving the look and feel of the RSA and would welcome any help from members. Are you prepared to help if needed? One of the ongoing challenges the committee has is to provide members with worthwhile events and entertainment. To this end we are seeking your feedback on the types of events you’d like your committee to organise and run for you. Please let us know your ideas, and we will consider them for implementation. Otherwise we’re a bit like a selflicking ice cream! Sadly, we lost Anzac (Zac) Te Maro in September. Zac passed away suddenly at his home on 2 September and was farewelled on 5 September. We extend our sincerest condolences to Zac’s family and friends. Zac was one of life’s good blokes and a real character. He will be sorely missed by us at the club. Join us at the clubrooms on Friday 25 October at 6pm for our next members’ happy hour. For RSA members there will be discounted beers and wines (just show your 2019 RSA membership card at the bar), complimentary finger-food platters and the members’ draw. There may also be meat and cash raffles (available to RSA and non-RSA members alike). By the way, there will also be a complimentary birthday cake for those celebrating their October birthdays. We look forward to seeing you all there! To contact the RSA (including support), phone 022 165 3521, email or visit @FeatherstonRSA on Facebook. Until next time, ngā mihi nui.


Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Featherston’s Own Charitable Trust Featherston’s Own Charity is exactly that - charity for the community. Complementing our well-known service and inexpensive range of goods and clothing, we also assist local clubs and foodbank needs.

54 Fitzherbert Street, Featherston 5710 Phone 022 014 2403 This advertisement is kindly sponsored by the Featherston Lioness Club


For grandparents and whānau caregivers raising grandchildren, please know you are not alone. The Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Charitable Trust (GRG) is here to help you be empowered and supported. GRG services are all available free of charge to these fulltime carers who become GRG members. These family members may take on children’s fulltime care because of a sudden or unexpected family breakdown. There may be substance abuse, physical or mental illness, or the death or imprisonment of a parent, and in these situations the children may have experienced trauma and/or neglect. There can be significant changes in lifestyle and future plans, bringing stress, feelings of loss, grief, anger, anxiety, financial worries and uncertainty for all. It is very important to seek help and support quickly. GRG has been helping out since 1999 New Zealand-wide by providing these services: • promoting children’s wellbeing • helping to reduce stress and developing family stability • educating and informing carers • encouraging community agencies to help with better support • raising awareness leading to positive law, policy and child welfare practice changes The values of GRG are: • Family is everything • Children are our taonga • Knowledge is strength You can join up via the website at or call 0800 472 637, Monday to Friday, 9am-2pm. Also on the website you can seek more information and support via “The 6 Rs Grandparents Roadmap” (response, rights and responsibilities, relating, rebuilding, resolution, and resilience). We at Wairarapa Citizens Advice Bureau are happy to print GRG’s latest newsletter or other pages from the website free of charge for you if you don’t have access to a computer. We also have pamphlets to give away. The Wairarapa GRG contact person is Tere Lenihan (email or phone 021 509 493). Wairarapa Citizens Advice Bureau Free, confidential information 43 Perry Street, Masterton Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm Phone 06 377 0078 or 0800 367 222 Email Website

Could Meals on Wheels Rock the boat: The help you or a loved one? return of Noah’s Ark May Brown

Carrie Watson

Meals on Wheels in Featherston has now been operating for two and a half years. The meals come from Wharekaka Rest Home in Martinborough - hot - each weekday about midday (though not on public holidays). They are delivered by our volunteer drivers in time for a hot lunch meal. The meals consist of a main meal with meat or fish and vegetables and a tasty dessert. They cost $9.20 each. We have space to deliver more meals at present. If you are interested in learning more about this service for yourself or someone you know, please ring May Brown on 308 6912.

This was the theme of St Teresa’s School’s production and inquiry learning this term. It is 2019 and God is still not pleased with the way his people are treating each other and his precious creation. There is only one thing to do! Noah did such a great job the first time that God gives him a call and asks him to set forth, in his mighty ark, and put things right in the world. First up, Noah fills the ark with extremely cute animals (Waiorongomai class). There are a few people who do not listen to Noah and decide to stay out in the rain and dance, surf and swim (Wairarapa class). As the ark sails on, Noah sends out Dove to see if the world is okay, but each time she comes back with bad news about some of the issues in the world: a lack of love (Tauwharenikau class); environmental problems (Remutaka class) and groups of people who care about greed and power rather than people in need (Takitimu class). All students in the school were involved in all parts of the production, including singing, dancing, choreography and acting. Special thanks to the Anzac Hall Club, especially Colin Olds, for the assistance in obtaining a slave board for the sound system and wireless microphones. The main characters were played by Kaya Tawharu Saayman (narrator), Isaac Burt (aNoah), IndieMay Sargent (Dove), Lilly Padlie (Noah’s wife), and Te Maire Sargent, Jac Cook, Lexi Stokes, Keona Parr, Ryder Lloyd, Christopher Schipplock and Ryley Lowe (Noah’s children).

Mini Fell Train Talk Marcus Har vey

We’re into our new Mini Fell season, every Saturday from 11.30am to 2pm until the end of daylight saving in April. Come and see us for a ride for only $2. We’ll be having lots of events and a fair over summer and hoping to bring steam back to the rails for special treat. A reminder that you can hire Mini Fell for events. If you are interested in joining and helping out, membership is only $20. We need more drivers! Contact us via Facebook or call 021 150 2024.

Noah and his family build the ark

GARAGE SALE St Andrew's Union Church Fitzherbert Street, Featherston Saturday 19 October 2019, 9am - 1pm Donations welcome Phone Corrie Dykhorst on 308 6574 or 022 0121136

Some of the cute Waiorongomai animals


Featherston Amateur Wrestling Club news

Featherston Junior Football Club news

Dannii Sargent

Nim Grewal

A big weekend full of top prizes was had by the Featherston Amateur Wrestling Club in September when a strong team of young wrestlers travelled down to Dunedin for the 2019 National Wrestling Club Championships. The competition this year was hosted by Taieri Wrestling Club and was joined by clubs all throughout the South Island, with Featherston being the only club to attend from the North Island. Featherston’s team of nine wrestlers aged from 9 to 13 years old all placed in the top three spots. The team came home with a great victory, winning six gold, two silver and two bronze places. Wairangi Sargent and Macy Sargent both wrestled in the under-10 category with Wairangi winning two first places in the 33kg and 36kg grade and Macy Sargent placing third with a bronze in the 39kg grade. The remaining wrestlers all competed in the 10-13 year grade. Tommy Read placed third in the 34kg grade, Nate George first in the 3438kg grade, Angus Read second in the 34-38kg grade, Lucas Sargent first in the 41kg grade, Archie Shrader first in the 44kg grade, Spencer Telford first in the 48kg grade and Seb Hopkins second in the 48kg grade. The Club also came away with the Best Sportsmanship Award. We are hoping to add to the medal tally at the upcoming New Zealand National Wrestling Championship to be held in Hamilton in October. We will be sending another strong team of 10 wrestlers competing in the 10-13 year and under-16year grade. Also a big nga mihi goes out to all sponsors - Super Value Featherston, Sargent Motorcycles,, Trust House, Adamson’s Service Station, and Sargent Builders - who with their ongoing support help with us competing in all these tournaments. The Featherston Wrestling Club trains every Wednesday night during school term, starting at 5.30pm for young wrestlers and learners followed by advanced classes at 6.15pm and an adults class at 7.15pm. You can find us on Fitzherbert Street down the long driveway next to Featherton’s Own second-hand shop and Totem. All are welcome. For any further enquiries, please check out our Facebook page (“Featherston Amateur Wrestling Club”) or email

Now what? We’ve packed up our equipment, parents are sleeping in on Saturday mornings, and no kits need to be washed the night before the game because no one said they were dirty but they need to be cleaned or the world will end! We’ve just finished our awards and prizegiving. Handing out 73 medals to a great bunch of players was great fun. We also celebrated two of our seven teams finishing as league winners for their age groups. We had the 6th Grade/Year Old Featherston Ferns finishing top for the first time. This team has been playing for just two years and the Club couldn’t be happier for them. We had the 8th Grade/Year Old Featherston Forges demolishing the league this year, registering just one loss (a complete fluke, and thankfully not against a Greytown team) in 42 games. We’re going to be working on a number of holiday programmes for the autumn and winter breaks before kicking it all off again in mid-February for the 2020 season. We should have had a few free minutes to top up the equipment needs of the local schools and deliver a football basics curriculum, but that’s only about a year in the making. As this was written in mid-September for an October publication, we’re going to assume that the Featherston Expo was a great success for everyone at the weekend just gone and lots of people probably came by and volunteered their kids to play this coming season, which was great to hear for us – dunno about the kids though.

We’re still around and playing football, so get in touch if you need anything: e: fb: FeatherstonJuniorFC ig: FeatherstonJuniorFC w: www.spor Thanks to everyone who suppor ts us!

RSA Indoor Bowls news Barbara Love

First it was the singles, then we tried for the pairs, then we were runners up in the triples, and finally our team won the South Wairarapa Championship. Congratulations, team, and well done. The RSA Bowling Club has had an exciting year. The most improved player voted by all members is Judy McLaughlin. It is great to have you back, Judy. Our Club has finished for the year, although some players would like to have a roll up now and again during the summer break, perhaps on a Wednesday. Our final get-together was on 21 September at Messines Restaurant. Our sincere thanks to Karanjot Singh for looking after us this season and to the RSA for supporting us. Our members do the RSA proud with their involvement and support.


The 11th Grade Featherston Firebrands

Featherston Community Centre DAY Mon

TIME 9:00am - 12noon 1:00pm - 4:00pm 1:00pm - 4:00pm 7pm - 8:pm 3rd Monday monthly 7:00pm – 9:00pm


9:00am – 11:00am 1st & 3rd Tuesday 10:00am – 1:00pm 11:00am – 3:00pm 2nd Tuesday monthly


Pat Hamilton

06 308 9729

Val Watkins

06 308 9293

Rhonda Jones

06 308 8445

Sandie Fletcher

021 157 4909

Featherston Toy Library

Merle Adams

06 308 8109

Juesday Art

Julia O’Neale

06 308 8977


06 377 4134 0800-92-42-52

FSTN Senior Citizens Club Cards $2 per participant

Featherston Beautification Group $2 per participant Art For Everyone $2 per participant

Wairarapa Community Law Centre Outreach Clinic

Neil Rait

06 308 9341

7:00pm – 8:15pm

Hatha Yoga

Nicki Stewart

021 188 6439

7:30pm – 8:30pm

Alcoholics Anonymous


0800 229 6757

10:00am – 11:00am

Feldenkrais: Move with Ease

Rupert Watson

027 585 3822

11:30am – 1:00pm 31st October

The South Wairarapa Community Network

Kara Pennington

022 586 9528

Sheridan Evans

06 308 9059

Social Learners Bridge $2 per participant SW Branch of NZ Labour Party

Barbara Page

06 304 9208

Ken Stokes

027 347 2891

7:30pm – 9:00pm 3rd Thursday monthly 7:30pm – 8:30pm

Community Centre Board Meeting

Paul Mason

027 282 8201


Odette Rowe

021 180 9452

10:00am – 12:00noon

Needlework & Craft Drop-in Home of Featherston Knitters $2 per participant

May Brown & Virginia Kunz

MB: 06 308 6912 VK: 06 308 8392

1:00pm - 3:00pm

7:00pm – 8:00pm 1st Thursday monthly


027 663 0385

021 246 4884

1:00pm - 3:30pm



Jack Sheppard

Susan Mitchell

11:30 – 1pm 1st Thursday monthly


Mah Jong $2 per participant


Featherston Wahine Singers $3 per participant

7:00pm – 8:30pm



Fab Feathy Drop-in hours See for more details


Ukulele Group $2 per participant

Book Group $2 per participant

10:00am – 2:00pm

Cloth Collective Sewing Workshop

Petra Alsbach-Stevens

021 234 1554

9:00am – 10:00am

Feldenkrais: Move with Ease

Rupert Watson

027 585 3822

10:00am – 12noon

Featherston Toy Library

Merle Adams

06 308 8109

7:00pm – 9:00pm

Narcotics Anonymous


0800 628 632

Also available throughout the week by appointment: Connecting Communities Wairarapa: 06 378 8900 or 027 883 6036 | Trudi Betschart Counselling: 021 0450 491 | CCS Disability: 06 378 2426 | Snita Ahir-Knight Child and Adolescent Therapist: 022 046 2095.

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